A Quick Look at Michigan Basketball’s 2014 Recruiting Class

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Now that we are days removed from the end of the 2013-14 Michigan Basketball season, many are unsure about the status of some of the key players in the program in terms of if they will make the jump to the NBA or not.

One thing is for sure, though, and that is that John Beilein will bring in another solid recruiting class in the 2014 cycle. Check out our quick overview after the jump.

Kameron Chatman, Small Forward

Chatman, a four-star prospect according to the 247 Composite rankings, is the lead dog in this group in terms of talent and upside. He is a scoring wing much in the mold of a guy like Zak Irvin, but his ceiling is not quite as high. In time, he should be a really good player. Next season, I think he will have a similar role to what Irvin had this past year, regardless of who stays or who goes.

D.J. Wilson, Power Forward

Wilson is a three-star prospect. At 6-8, 215 pounds, he is a bit of a hybrid of a small forward/power forward, but should grow into his frame. Wilson reminds me of Michigan State’s Adreian Payne coming out of high school as a guy who should find time down low while having range on his jump shot. He is a bit of a project, but Beilein and company should be able to turn him into a nice player down the road.

Ricky Doyle, Power Forward

Doyle is a three-star prospect. He will be a nice addition to a big man rotation that will need guys to step up next season with the graduation of Jordan Morgan. He is an exceptional athlete, but his strengths lie on the offensive end of the floor. Doyle displays moves down low that it takes some guys a few years to learn, and he is able to hit a turnaround jump shot.

Austin Hatch, Shooting Guard

A prospect that reclassified from the 2013 class, Hatch is currently not rated on many recruiting sites, but there is a reason for all of that. He committed to Michigan back in June 2011, but was survived a plane crash that killed his father and stepmother, the second such accident in his life. In 2003, he survived a crash that took his mother and two siblings.

After his accident in 2011, he did not play basketball for over two years after spending eight weeks in a coma and spent his time off rehabbing and recovering from other injuries suffered. Beilein has said throughout that he will honor Hatch’s commitment, and after returning to basketball earlier this year, it appears he is ready for a comeback.

Hatch is a pure shooter in the mold of guys like Zack Novak or Stu Douglass from the past. His development will be interesting to follow when he hits campus, as he is a prospect that everyone is rooting for nation-wide.

Below are his pre-injury highlights from 2011.

Derek Devine
Institutional voice of Alma College during the day, Michigan fanatic at night. Taking TBHR to the next level one post at a time.